"Colourising" old Bowie photos?

"Colourising" old Bowie photos?

Joined: July 11th, 2004, 4:56 pm

April 15th, 2018, 10:33 pm #1

Controversial to some perhaps, but I was just thinking, while colourisation of old photos and film isn't to everyone's taste, I think technology has come on in this?

I don't spend ages poring over colourised films or pictures, so it would take me a while to find good and bad examples, or say a 'then' and 'now' example to strengthen my case, but it certainly would be interesting to see what a Bowie fan interested in photography could do - or someone who's good with photography tools who doesn't have to know or care a lot about Bowie, but is given some information on the most likely colour of clothes and surroundings in a black and white picture he appears in.

I have long liked photos like these. I guess nowadays the photographers could might well object given how things have turned towards crediting photographers (where possible / if known...). So, to cover myself, I am not trying to profit from the photos below and I am simply putting them here as an example of what *could* be interesting if it were 'colourised'.



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April 15th, 2018, 10:47 pm #2

these seem good candidates too. I'll stop there in case I get sued :)





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Joined: January 17th, 2009, 6:29 pm

April 16th, 2018, 12:53 am #3

Colorizing seems so 21st century: for people who can’t mentally fill in the missing information.
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April 16th, 2018, 1:03 am #4

crackedemerald wrote: Colorizing seems so 21st century: for people who can’t mentally fill in the missing information.
While I can understand it not being to everyone's tastes (like I did say at the start of my post), that's one of the more stupid, patronising and grandstanding comments I've seen in a while. :)
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April 16th, 2018, 1:52 am #5

When Turner started colorizing movies (in the Nineties, if memory serves) their justification was that younger audiences couldn’t deal with black-and-white films. Of course, when I was a kid (back in the Pleistocene) they criticized us for preferring to watch the movies over reading the books.
Culture marches on.
But teach your kids to deal with greyscale.
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April 16th, 2018, 8:06 pm #6

crackedemerald wrote: But teach your kids to deal with greyscale.
And to watch World War II documentaries. 
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April 16th, 2018, 10:31 pm #7

I don't think for one moment I suggested that anything ever in black and white needed to be in colour to be appreciated.

I simply felt - and feel - it would be interesting to see some key Bowie pictures that have not been seen in colour (to my knowledge) in a colour setting. It wouldn't be 'real', no, but it could still be interesting to see.
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April 17th, 2018, 7:03 am #8

I've taken this photo

knockwoods2.jpg

And added colour


knockwoods3.jpg
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April 17th, 2018, 9:12 am #9

Well some may see it as a laughing matter...I've looked up a few things on the topic. One website showed three colourised photos, done within the last year or so. Two looked quite unnatural, but wouldn't did look bad at all.

They did look more like paintings than photos, that said, which technically they are.

Fotophire looks like a reasonable bet to have a go at this, and of the photographs above, I have one in mind to try out. Doubt it will be a roaring success by could be an interesting experiment. Hope that anyone else who's ever tried it might be tempted to a have go though :)
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April 17th, 2018, 9:56 pm #10

2bowie.jpg
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April 17th, 2018, 10:21 pm #11

That's quite nice! :)

Only the slight purple above his head lets thing down slightly.

Well done, and thanks for sharing. Oddly, when I hover my mouse over it, it fades slightly, to a less rich colour - which actually is even better.

Thanks again, PeteF! :)
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